By Lisa Johnston
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Stamford, Conn. – Two new A/V receivers shipped by Harman Kardon expand the brand’s selection of AirPlay-enabled A/V receivers and include the brand’s first AVR with embedded Wi-Fi.
Both are also the brand’s first AVRs with 4K by 2K passthrough and upscaling.
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Buena Park, Calif. — Yamaha unveiled the two opening-price models in its step-up Aventage series of A/V receivers (AVR) and brought Mobile High-definition Link (MHL) connections to the series for the first time.
Like the two models they replace, the $699-suggested RX-A730 and $899 RX-A830 are 7.2-channel networked models with vTuner Internet radio, Pandora, Rhapsody, AirPlay, DLNA, and optional Bluetooth and Wi-Fi dongles. Also like their predecessors, they feature 4K by 2K passthrough and up-scaling from analog and HDMI sources.
Denver — HydraConnect is adding compatibility with more home-control systems and planning to launch additional HDMI matrix processors later in the year.
Long Beach, Calif. — Pioneer is bringing down the opening price of multiple technologies in its Elite AV receiver series, including Mobile High-definition Link (MHL), 4K by 2K passthrough, and DTS Neo:X surround.
The changes appear with the launch of two opening-price Elite AVRs, the $525-suggested 7.1-channel VSX-43 and the $750 7.2-channel VSX-70. They replace the $500-suggested 7.1-channel VSX-42 and $700-suggested 7.2-channel VSX-60.
With the launch, Elite AVRs for the first time get 4K by 2K up-scaling, which appears in the $750 model.
Montebello, Calif. –– Audioaccess has begun shipping the $2,195-suggested PX-800 16-source, 16-zone audio router/switcher, and the company plans May shipments of a protocol converter that makes the router compatible with the company’s older in-wall keypads.
The protocol converter is the $499-suggested CPC-800.
Upper Saddle River, N.J. – Onkyo is bringing embedded Wi-Fi and stereo Bluetooth to its lineup of A/V receivers (AVRs) for the first time with the launch of three new models.
Two of the three feature the embedded wireless technologies.
All three new models, including the $499-suggested 5.2-channel TX-NR525, are networked AVRs that stream eight Internet music services and use DLNA1.5 technology to stream music stored on networked devices, including iOS and Android mobile devices equipped with Onkyo’s remote app.
Long Beach, Calif. — Pioneer is expanding connectivity options and adding some new features to its 2013 series of mainstream A/V receivers (AVRs), the first four of which will ship in March.
Additional models will be announced at a later date.
Pickering, Ontario — NAD Electronics shipped its latest high-performance component CD player for the home.
Like the model it replaces, the $299-suggested C 516BEE offers 24-bit-192kHz DACs, playback of MP3/WMA data CD-R discs for up to 10 hours of continuous playback, coaxial and optical digital outputs, and audio-specific OP amps.
The DACs in the new model, however, are from Cirrus Logic and are said to provide more accurate dynamics and lower distortion than those in the CD player’s predecessor.
Orange, Conn. — Krell plans this week to ship its latest integrated amplifier, the $5,000 2x275-watt S-550i, which will join the 2x150-watt $2,500 S-300i integrated amp.
The new model, available in silver or black, delivers 2x275 watts RMS, both channels driven, into 8-ohm loads and, like the S-300i, doubles output into 4 ohms with both channels driven. Like the S-300i, the new model features 30-pin iPod/iPhone connector.